Ella DiFazio of Sacred Heart University (pictured) was one of several riders to make their IHSA debut at the October 21st Fairfield University show. The freshman from Califon, New Jersey rode in open fences and intermediate flat, placing second each time. The Pioneers hosted a week earlier, holding two shows in one day. Sacred Heart would not be the only Region 5 school to have a doubleheader this fall...

The University of Connecticut has a doubleheader at their facility in Storrs, Connecticut on October 29th. The Huskies have a new head coach in 2023-24 and she is 2010 UConn graduate Marilyn Bennett (center). Bennett is seen here with Abigail Janssen (on right) and Siena Rosato. Rosato, a senior from Manchester, Connecticut, was the first Husky of the season to point out. Rosato will compete in Limit Fences at Regionals this coming March.
According to Trinity head coach Amy Kriwitsky (on right) Bantams sophomore Callan Soraghan (on left) was close to pointing out of limit flat prior to the start of the Fairfield show. From Portland, Oregon, Soraghan had a better day over the jumps on the 21st, placing third in intermediate fences and later placing fifth in limit flat.
At least two teams set up their school tents on October 21st, not a bad idea since it rained briefly on two occasions. Ciara Weber of Fairfield University poses with the Stag's tent which looked a little droopy to this writer. Weber was another rider who pointed out during the Sacred Heart doubleheader, as the sophomore from Westfield, New Jersey qualified for Regionals in novice equitation.
Lauren Radi of Sacred Heart University poses in front of the Pioneer's tent, which for unknown reasons says SHU Football on it! Yet another New Jersey resident going to school in the Nutmeg or Constitution State, Radi is a junior from Somerville, New Jersey who emerged from the third show of the season in second place in the Region 5 open rider standings. Overall Sacred Heart owned a 27 point lead on Fairfield headed into the UConn doubleheader.
Kathryn Morrill of the University of Connecticut (pictured) told this writer that she hails from Brimfield, Massachusetts, a community which is home to the Largest Antique Show in all of New England! The UConn senior needed four points in limit fences to go to Regionals and finished second in the division on the 21st to receive five. Thus she joins Rosato and no doubt many other Huskies at Regionals by the time the fall is over.
Through the first three shows Fairfield had a one point lead over UConn for second place in the region. There is no doubt that Jamie Edwards of the Stags (pictured) has something to do with Fairfield's strong start. The junior from Darien, Connecticut was high point rider at each of the first three shows of the season! Edwards won twice at the Stag's home show (the only rider with two firsts that day) and has accumulated 35 of a possible 42 points in the open level to lead Radi of SHU by five headed into the twinbill on October 29th.
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 Schools competing in Zone 1, Region 5 during the 2023-2024 school year: Fairfield University, Sacred Heart University, Trinity College (CT), University of Connecticut, Wesleyan University and Yale University.

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 Fall 2023 Show Schedule for Zone 1, Region 5:

englishSaturday, October 14 Sacred Heart University (Host) at Silvermine Farm, Norwalk, CT 9:30AM 2 ENGLISH ONLY

englishSaturday, October 21 Fairfield University (Host) at N & C Equestrian, Easton, CT 10:00AM ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, October 29 University of Connecticut (Host) on campus at Horsebarn Hill Arena, Storrs, CT 9:30AM 2 ENGLISH ONLY

englishSunday, November 5 Trinity College (Host) at Folly Farm, Simsbury, CT 10:30AM ENGLISH ONLY

The University of Connecticut competes in Zone 1, Region 3 Western shows. Please visit the Zone 1, Region 3 page for western information on these schools. Show Schedule subject to change.

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2011 - University of Connecticut
2012 - Sacred Heart University
2013 - University of Connecticut
2014 - Sacred Heart University
2015 - Sacred Heart University
2016 - University of Connecticut
2017 - Sacred Heart University
2018 - Sacred Heart University
2019 - Sacred Heart University
2020 - Sacred Heart University
2022 - Sacred Heart University
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